President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday sought to water down the challenges that have been paused by the 7-month closure of schools and education institutions to prevent the spread of Covid 19.
One such challenges that has often been cited by experts has been young school girls being exposed to early sex which led to a surge in cases of teenage pregnancies.
Just last month, authorities in Kabale district reported that a total of 2618 teenage pregnancies had been recorded in the district alone during the course of the Covid19 shut down.
However, while speaking at the commemoration of the Teachers Day at State House in Entebbe, Museveni said people emphasizing the challenge of pregnancies during the Civid19 pandemic were “comparing the incomparables”
“34million people in the world have been infected with Corona. That is about two thirds of the Ugandan population. And one million people have died in just seven months,” Museveni said.
“This is a very big crisis. So if you are talking of children getting impregnated there, at least they are alive. Pregnancy doesn’t kill. Yes, it causes some problems but it is not the same thing as dying.”
In his speech, Museveni said Uganda had excelled in managing the spread of Covid 19.
He went on to dismiss a recent report by global research company Lancent, which ranked Uganda as 10th in the world and 1st in Africa in suppressing the spread of the virus.
“Those people don’t know how to rank. In my view Uganda is number one in the whole world because they are comparing Uganda with countries like South Korea which is surrounded by water,” he said.
“Here we have land borders which are difficult to monitor; you can’t compare us with those isolated places,” he said.
Having been closed since March, all education institutions around the country are set to reopen on 15th October, starting with candidate classes and finalists.